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Forum staff reports, Published January 11 2013

100 mph earns Minneapolis man ticket on wet I-94 near Barnesville

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – A Minneapolis man was cited for going 100 mph on a wet Interstate 94 near here this morning with temperatures hovering around the freezing point.

Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol said another trooper spotted the man’s car heading west near Barnesville and pulled him over near the Sabin/Downer exit, about 10 miles down the road.

An adult female and two children under the age of 3 were inside the car with the man, Grabow said.

The man, 24-year-old Zakariya Sharif, of Minneapolis, told the trooper he was in a hurry to drop off his passengers in Fargo and return to Minneapolis for work.

“At the time it happened, temperatures were just about freezing and there was still rain coming down. Anytime you get around freezing temperatures it’s not a good thing, roads will be slick.” Grabow said.

Sharif was cited for going 100 mph in a 70 mph zone.

The ticket includes a fine of at least $212.

“I would call that a disregard for safety and an extreme lack of common sense,” Grabow said.

Although freezing rain and ice covered roads extend throughout eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, Grabow said motorists are still taking chances.

Grabow said the same trooper cited another driver for speeding at 86 mph on I-94 and a second driver for going 87 mph.